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Overcoming Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain
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N E W S L E T T E R
Overcoming Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain
In some cases, limited blood flow may cause bone tissue death, or necrosis. If you’re experiencing redness, inflammation and immobilized joints, the condition may be severe. What Are The Symptoms? While leg pain is noticeable by a slew of symptoms, several stick out. Aching or stiffness around the hip, groin, back or thigh may be a sign of deeper problems. A decreased range of motion can also be a sign of a bigger issue which may later result in hip, knee or leg pain. Sometimes, inactivity can contribute to immobility—and later, pain. If you’re limping, lurching or are experiencing bad balance, contact a physician. While some hip, knee and leg pains go away, those lasting longer than several months may be hinting at a deeper issue. Areyoulettinghip,leg,orkneepainholdyouback? Call 617.965.8070 (Newtonville) or 617.734.6135 (Brookline) to schedule your appointment today!
Your hips, knees, and lower legs are tough—but injuries happen. Your hips and knees are your largest joints, supporting your body’s weight. They work in close coordination, giving us the mobility we need. Between arthritis, injuries and age, however, pain can flare up. If you’re experiencing hip, knee or leg pain, call us to schedule a closer look. Before you do, however, let’s examine the pain itself. What Causes Hip, Leg, & Knee Pain? Hip, knee and leg pain are surprisingly common. Thus, their source can come from a variety of things. If you’re experiencing pain in any part of your leg, pinpointing the exact spot can help you determine the cause. Wellbridge Physical Therapy has pinpointed several leading causes of hip, knee and leg pain. While many causes exist, the most likely are:
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Dislocation Hip fracture
Pinched nerves Osteoporosis
Sprains and strains
Sources https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/hip-pain/basics/when-to-see-doctor/sym-20050684 https://www.everydayhealth.com/hip-pain/hip-pain-and-your-body.aspx https://www.health.harvard.edu/pain/knees-and-hips-a-troubleshooting-guide-to-knee-and-hip-pain
While some causes are more severe than others, a physician can identify each. As the body ages, joints become inflamed. Cartilage may wear down, reducing the “buffer” between bones.
HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP HIP, LEG, & KNEE PAIN
5 HEALTH TIPS FOR THE NEW YEAR
1. Shop Well For Yourself. Have healthy snacks handy. Don’t waste energy worrying about what you can’t eat, and rather consume your 3 to 5 daily servings of vegetables. 2. Schedule Your Exercise. Schedule your workouts. It’s okay if you can’t make it to class, but make sure that you get some activity in at least three days per week. 3. Just Say No. You probably aren’t aware how much extra food you consume just from people offering it to you. Think before you take that food and decide if you really want it. 4. Skip the Baking. Instead of baking treats for friends, prepare ingredients for baked goods and put them in pretty jars and let your gift recipient bake 5. Hydrate. Keep a water bottle with you at all times. Drink at least eight, 8 oz. glasses of water each day. One handy trick is to buy a 64 ounce water jug. Fill it up in the morning and know that you need to finish it by the end of the day.
In many cases, physical therapy can help patients increase leg mobility. In doing so, they can stretch, flex and strengthen the muscles responsible for support. If a joint appears deformed, or if sudden swelling occurs, contact a physician immediately. A good physical therapy program can assist with post- operation treatment, too. If you’ve undergone treatment for osteoporosis, dislocation or a fracture, your therapist can help you reclaim full mobility—and a healthy lifestyle. From start to finish, we’re dedicated to your ongoing wellness. On every level, physical therapy serves to enhance the patient’s quality of life. We’re here to help, and we have years of experience backing every therapy option. Contact one of our providers today, and tell us about your symptoms.
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• 2 cups chopped fresh spinach • 1/2 cup Plain Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt • Salt and pepper to taste
• 20 medium mushrooms • 1/4 cup chopped shallots, scallions or onion • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar • 1/2 tsp soy sauce
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“If I could only give more Stars. My ankles have been a major issue for me. Jessica Shursky, the owner is my PT and wonderful to me. She takes the time to help and check on me every few minutes when I am on the stim. She is kind, caring, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. Her assistants are top notch and her other therapists seem extremely well versed. Everyone who I have come into contact with including the secretaries are warm and friendly.” - Dan W.
Wash the mushrooms and carefully remove the stems without breaking the caps. Finely chop the stems. Combine the shallots, garlic and vinegar in a small skillet or saucepan and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom stems and soy sauce and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes, until the mushrooms soften and release their juices. Add the spinach and cook, continuing to stir, until it is wilted and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. Remove from the heat and let cool for a few minutes, then stir in the yogurt. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Stuff the spinach filling into the mushroom caps. Place the mushrooms in a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Remove from the oven and let sit for a few minutes for the filling to set before serving. Yields 20 mushrooms.
Are you letting back pain hold you back? Call Wellbridge Physical Therapy at 617-965-8070 (Newtonville) or 617-734-6135 (Brookline) to schedule your appointment today!
EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Helps Relieve Hip Pain
Hip Hikes Stand on the edge of a step. Drop your free foot down, then shift your hips to raise your free foot as high as you can. Keep your knees straight at all times. Repeat 6-10 times before switching to your other side.
Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises youareunsureofdoing.
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Even the most spectacularly well-trained human body has its limits. Those limitsareset, inpart,by thesoft tissues thatmobilizeyour joints and give you the strength to perform specific tasks. Your muscles are madeupofmanysmall, thin fibers thatcontractoncommand,working together to mobilize entire large muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues called tendons, enabling them to actually move your body parts. Tougher bands of connective tissuecalled ligamentsconnectbonestootherbones foraddedstability. These tissues (and other physical systems) are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. Any and all of these soft tissues can be damaged by stresses. Micro- tears inthetendonscan leadtopainful inflammatoryproblemssuchas tennisorgolfer’selbow.Stretched ligaments leaveyouwithdebilitating sprains.Distortionsoradhesions (areasofscartissue) inthe fasciacan severely limitmotion inother tissues.Youmaydevelop theseproblems because your soft tissues were too tight beforehand. Our massage therapist might recommend different types of massage to accompany different forms (and intents) of your physical therapy program. For instance: • Hot stone massage is a type of massage therapy using heated volcanic rocks placed along the spine to relieve muscle tension, reduce stress, and promote sleep • Sports massage is used to promote flexibility and range of motion as well as decrease muscle soreness in athletes • A techniquecalled myofascialrelease canhelp free tissues trapped by fascial adhesions or distortions. If you’re rehabilitating an injury, therapeutic massage can help your tissuesheal,soyoucangetmoreoutofyourphysical therapyregimen.
Maryssa Caruso , LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) Maryssa’spassionhasalwaysbeenabout helping others. For many years, she has worked in the childcare field caring and shaping the minds of many young children. In 2014, Maryssa considered
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PASSIVE STRETCHING SESSIONS
Kerry Paraskevoudis , Stretching Therapist
While skilled methods of Physical Therapy address specific pain and ultimate return to function, Passive Stretching techniques focus on injury prevention and enhancement in functional and athletic performance. In other words, passive stretching sessions consist of hands-on techniques applied to a patient by our specialists to muscle groups for a period of 30-60 minutes which serve to benefit the entire body. What are the benefits? In short, improved muscle performance due to improved flexibility! After all, shortenedmuscles are inefficient muscles.Muscle inefficiency leadstodecreasedperformancepotential and possible injury. Skilled passive stretching aids in reducingmuscle and joint stiffness. As joint and muscle mobility improve, so does flexibility and effectiveness of movements. Whetherornotyouareanathlete,youcouldalsobenefit from improved flexibility. Our introductory session is free for our past or current patients, so you have nothing to lose and flexibility to gain!
KerrycompletedherBS inphysicaltherapy in Thessaloniki, Greece in 2013. She specializes in pediatric physical therapy and inneurologicaldevelopmenttreatment (NDT). Kerry moved to Massachusetts 2
yearsagoand isnowworkingasaphysical therapyaide.Sheenjoys spending time with her family and friends, biking, and traveling.
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